“I like my money right where I can see it: Hanging in my Closet.”

That memorable line uttered by “Sex and the City” character Carrie Bradshaw and the other witty commentary featured on the popular TV series is upstaged only by the unforgettable fashions that graced the screen, courtesy of the show’s costume designer — Patricia Field. Her costuming work in the film is so iconic that it would be apropos to rename the series “Fashion and the City.”

Field’s career began in the 1980s and her boundary-pushing style quickly became synonymous with the “it” crowds in New York City. Her 30-plus-year costuming TV shows not only included HBO’s “Sex and the City,” but TV Land’s “Younger” and Netflix’s “Emily in Paris” as well. However, it would be her work on “Sex and the City” that revolutionized the way women dressed on television. 

The renowned costume designer’s contributions to the industry are undeniable. Field’s meticulous attention to detail and unabashedly bold aesthetic brought characters to life and showcased unapologetically feminine and strong women on TV. Her design prowess was also seen on the big screen in films such as “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Second Act.”

Kristin Davis (Charlotte York), Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes) and Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones). Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Field created costumes that captured the essence of the characters while enhancing the storytelling and shaping the narrative. Her legacy will continue to inspire costume designers and fashion enthusiasts for generations to come.

Her work has not only influenced the way that characters are dressed on screen, but has also had a lasting impact on fashion as a whole, notably in the way that people dress in real life. Her bold use of color and texture, a mixture of patterns and prints — has inspired countless trends.

“It feels good to be honored for the role my work has played in engaging viewers and helping shape a narrative that showcases a woman’s individuality through the lens of fashion. My theory is that fashion is an art form that depicts the story and the mood of the time. I’m grateful to have been a contributor to the art form, and I thank FashFilmFete for this recognition.” — Patricia Field

In recognition of her illustrious career, FashFilmFete is honored to present Patricia Field with the inaugural Career Achievement Award for Costume Design in Television, for her outstanding contributions to the industry. She not only elevated the art of costume design in television but has also had a profound impact on the representation of women on the small screen.

Image Source: Patricia Field